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What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The race to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus is well underway. Governments and researchers are aiming to provide billions of people with immunity in eighteen months or less, which would be unprecedented.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Editorial Staff, "What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?", Backgrounder,, June 30, 2020.

Arts and Humanities


New book examines human right to health, pushes for rating system for pharmaceutical companies

Every human being has the right to health and new initiatives should be put in place to encourage pharmaceutical companies to ensure that everyone has access to essential medicine, according to a new book from Nicole Hassoun, professor of philosophy ...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Global Health Impact: Extending Access to Essential Medicines


Research explores how youth are excluded from public spaces, design practices

America’s youth have historically been excluded from using public spaces how they want, in addition to being left out of design discussions. Including them in this process will have long-term societal benefits, according to an Iowa State University...

– Iowa State University

The Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People: Processes, Practices and Policies for Youth Inclusion


Tulane professor’s book goes back in time to examine Hurricane Katrina

Andy Horowitz, a Tulane scholar who studies the history of disasters, says a 1915 hurricane and its consequences are linked to Katrina and is one of the many factors that informed his writing “Katrina: A History, 1915-2015” (Harvard University Pr...

– Tulane University

“Katrina: A History, 1915-2015”

Social and Behavioral Sciences


When is someone old?

According to a new study published in PLOS ONE, understanding how to assess who is elderly is a crucial first step for our understanding of population aging.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis


Embargo expired on 08-Jul-2020 at 14:00 ET

‘Patient Patients’ in Psychiatric Care for Depression Disorders Show Decreased Symptoms

Psychiatric inpatients with major depressive disorders who increased in the virtue of patience during hospitalization also showed fewer symptoms of depression, according to a Baylor University study.

– Baylor University

The Journal of Positive Psychology

New study reveals people more likely to donate when reminded of own mortality

New research from the UBC Sauder School of Business shows that people are 30 per cent more likely to donate their assets when faced with their own mortality.

– University of British Columbia

Journal of Consumer Research


Talking with parents empowers Latino youths to engage in community

When Latino youths lend their voices to political causes—from immigration policies that have separated families to recent Black Lives Matter protests—their resilience originates from home.

– University of Michigan

American Journal of Community Psychology

COVID-related discrimination disproportionately impacts racial minorities, study shows

Discrimination against people thought to be infected with coronavirus was experienced by a rising number of United States residents, particularly racial minorities, in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the USC D...

– University of Southern California (USC)

American Journal of Preventative Medicine

Time to get real on the power of positive thinking -- new study

Positive thinking has long been extolled as the route to happiness, but it might be time to ditch the self-help books after a new study shows that realists enjoy a greater sense of long-term wellbeing than optimists.

– University of Bath

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

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Owner behavior affects effort and accuracy in dogs' communications

Human communication has evolved mechanisms that can be observed across all cultures and languages, including the use of communication history and the principle of least effort

– Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Animal Cognition

What If People Use Autonomous Vehicles To Do Bad Things?

There’s a fairly large flaw in the way that programmers are currently addressing ethical concerns related to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Namely, existing approaches don’t account for the fact that people might try to us...

– North Carolina State University

Science and Engineering Ethics, July-2020

COVID-19 demonstrates why wealth matters

While COVID-19 has impacted all individuals, the impact has not been equal. In a new national Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 survey, the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis found that liquid assets increased the likelihood...

– Washington University in St. Louis

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Racial, Gender, and Generational Wealth Gaps

Pet dogs may improve social-emotional development in young children

Young children from dog-owning households have better social and emotional wellbeing than children from households who do not own a dog, suggests research published in the journal Pediatric Research.

– Springer

Pediatric Research

Criminal justice professor fights for prisoners' families

The odds of Breanna Boppre ending up in the correctional system were astronomically higher than the odds of her becoming Dr. Breanna Boppre, assistant professor of criminal justice at Wichita State University.

– Wichita State University



Early childhood education centers can boost parents' engagement at home

COVID-19 has temporarily shuttered many early childhood education centers across the country, shifting full-time child care and teaching responsibilities largely to parents.

– University of Arizona

Early Childhood Research Quarterly


Colleges that emphasize activism have more civically engaged students, new research shows

Students tend to be more engaged in activism if the school that they attend emphasizes social and political issues, according to new research featuring faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Journal of College Student Development, May-2020

Bristol engineers pioneer project to protect Nepal’s future generations from earthquakes

In 2015, a devastating earthquake in Nepal resulted in the loss of 9,000 lives, 3.5 million people left homeless and entire neighbourhoods flattened. To prevent destruction on the same scale again, the multidisciplinary team behind The SAFER Nepa...

– University of Bristol


Premier nutrition education conference offers free registration for media

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is offering members of the media free registration to its 53rd Annual Conference “What Food Future?” held entirely online from July 20 – 24.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Pop Culture


Middle Tennessee State University issues statements, background re: death of veterans center namesake Charlie Daniels

Statements from university leadership about Daniels' impact on student veterans and download link for file photos from his involvement throughout the years

– Middle Tennessee State University

Law and Public Policy


Philadelphia Tax on Sweetened Drinks Led to Drop in Sales

Philadelphia’s tax on sweetened beverages led to a 38.9 percent drop in the volume of taxed beverages sold at small, independent retailers and a significant increase in the price of taxed beverages, according to new research from the Perelman Scho...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Health Affairs


Law clinic wins access to COVID-19 race data

The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School, working on behalf of its client, The New York Times, helped secure the release of previously unseen data that provides the most detailed look yet at nearly 1.5 million American coronavirus patients fr...

– Cornell University

The New York Times


Nitrogen Pollution Policies Around the World Lag Behind Scientific Knowledge, New Analysis Finds

National and regional policies aimed at addressing pollution fueled by nitrogen lag behind scientific knowledge of the problem, finds a new analysis by an international team of researchers.

– New York University

Nature Sustainability

Embargo expired on 06-Jul-2020 at 11:00 ET

White Police Officers Use Force More Often Than Non-White Colleagues

White police officers are far more likely to use force than their nonwhite counterparts, especially in minority neighborhoods, according to a study from Texas A&M University researchers.

– Texas A&M University

National Bureau of Economic Research

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Move to Withdraw U.S. from WHO During Global COVID-19 Pandemic Very Concerning

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is deeply concerned by the Trump Administration’s action today to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO).

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

LifeWire Announcement

The HSUS Announces Forward Food Collaborative Webinar for Food Service: The plant-based solution to a global pandemic

Speakers from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Informed Sustainability Consulting, and Meatless Monday will explore how plant-based menu items can assist food service dining operations during these challenging times.

– Monday Campaigns

Karen A. Jones joins Binghamton University as vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion

Karen A. Jones began her new role as Binghamton University’s first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion Thursday, June 25. The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was created from the Binghamton University Road Map strategic p...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York





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